What You Need To Know About The San Diego State Offense
– Even without now-Seattle Seahawk Rashaad Penny, the nation’s tenth-best running game will keep on going. It’s part running back talent, right commitment, right system, and great offensive line. Dropping off from Penny to Juwan Washington will matter – the diminutive Washington will put up huge numbers, though – but with all five starters back on the offensive front, it’s the line that will be the big difference.
Best of all for the Aztecs, the line is still really, really young – and there’s depth, too. They went with four underclassmen late last season, and now this group would be special.
– Christian Chapman has grown into the right quarterback for the system. The 6-0, 200-pounder isn’t all that big, he doesn’t have a live arm, and he doesn’t run all that much, but he’s an accurate passer who can move the chains, and he doesn’t make mistakes.
With 33 touchdown passes and ten picks over the last two seasons, and with 33 career appearances, the veteran will make the efficient passing game go.
– There’s just enough in place in the receiving corps to be fine. Leading receiver Mikah Holder is done, and five of the top seven pass catchers are gone, but former defensive back Fred Trevillion has big play potential, and Chapman will spread the ball around enough to keep things moving.
The tight end situation is a plus, too. David Wells and Darryl Richardson are gone, but Kahale Warring is a reliable target.
Biggest Key To The San Diego State Offense
A true No. 1 target has to emerge. It’s always receiver-by-committee when it comes to the Aztec passing game, but a go-to guy has to step up with the loss of Mikah Holder. The top receiver last year came up with 43 catches, and the No. 2 wideout caught 12. Fred Trevillion has the speed, but he only came up with 12 grabs, and Tim Wilson has to be healthy and a factor after catching just six balls.